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Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam captured in Libya: report

Muammar and Safiya Gaddafi’s eldest son – the last of the ousted leader’s sons to remain unaccounted for – was reportedly found while his aides tried to smuggle him out of Libya.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in Tripoli in August 2011.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in Tripoli in August 2011.
Image: AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills/PA Images

MUAMMAR GADDAFI’S son Saif al-Islam was captured in a southern Libyan city along with two of his aides who were trying to smuggle him out of the country, a militia commander said today.

Bashir al-Tlayeb of the Zintan brigades said that Saif al-Islam was caught in the desert town of Obari, near the southern city of Sabha about 650km south of Tripoli.

He didn’t elaborate on how Saif al-Islam was captured, but said that he was brought to the city of Zintan, the home of one of the largest revolutionary brigades in Libya.

Al-Tlayeb said that it would be up to the Libya’s transitional ruling National Transitional Council to decide on where the former Libyan leader would be tried.

He also said that there was still no information about wanted former intelligence director Abdullah Senoussi or where he is located.

Saif al-Islam is the last of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons to remain unaccounted for. Born in 1972, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is the oldest of seven children of Muammar and Safiya Gaddafi.

He drew Western favour in previous years by touting himself as a liberalising reformer but then staunchly backed his father in his brutal crackdown on rebels in the regime’s final days. Saif had gone underground after Tripoli fell to revolutionary forces.

The International Criminal Court had earlier said that it was in indirect negotiations with a son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi about his possible surrender for trial.

Read: Rival Libyan groups clash outside Tripoli >

Read: Gaddafi’s son reappears in Tripoli a day after his ‘capture’ >

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